“I think we need some kind of adversity in our lives. We need the threat of falling off a cliff, physically. Like how people go on holidays where the main idea isn’t relaxation, but the feeling of life being threatened, by say, malaria, or a tiger attack, food poisoning, robbing. You know, thrill seeking.”
Andrew Cheah, “Anaesthesia” in Best New Singaporean Short Stories Volume Two
We weren’t made for the office cubicle. Maybe that’s why depression is an urban disease. We lack adversity — and even more so now.